Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School already?

It seems like we just got out for the summer! Darn! If your little one is having trouble with the idea of going to school for the first time; or back to school again, let me suggest some books that may help.

First, I love the book KINDERGARTEN DIARY written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis.
Annalina is not too sure about starting Kindergarten and she documents her first month in this playfully adorable book. She is worried about, Big Kids and if they're mean; what she will wear the first day, she doesn't want to wear socks; and, how scary her teacher will be. She realises after a month of Kindergarten that she and her classmates in room 2K will be just fine!

Kindergarten Diary

The book FIRST DAY, written and illustrated by Joan Rankin, is about Haybillybun's first day of school at the Yappy Puppy Play School! He is worried that all the other puppies will make fun of his fluffy fur and long name. But, all the other puppies have long silly names too, and he ends up having lots of fun. Haybillybun's mother is the one who has trouble with him being gone!
A very cute story, and who wouldn't want to go to a school called Yappy Puppy Play School? I mean come on! How completely adorable!  

First Day    

My next recommended book for starting school is THE KISSING HAND by Audrey Penn, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak.
Chester the racoon does NOT want to go to Kindergarten! He wants to stay home with mom. So, his mother shows him a secret way for him to carry her love with him to school!
Not only was this book a New York Times #1 bestseller, it recieved the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism in 1994.
A very sweet book about school induced separation anxiety.

The Kissing Hand 

Other books by Audrey Penn featuring Chester the Racoon

A Pocket Full of Kisses             A Kiss Goodbye

And of course I can't sign off without reminding you of my favorite Kindergarten Kitty, Yoko!

Yoko Writes Her Name   and    Yoko


both written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells; whose books I adore!

Ok, that's it for now, I have so much more reading and TV watching to do to that I might never catch up!

Have fun at school!

Mrrrow for now!

Kiki C.


Saturday, March 26, 2011


Hi everyone! I have not posted in so long, it's rather embarassing..
I found a new book review website that is mostly for Young Adult titles, and well, the author of that blog has invited me to be a guest reviewer and poster! I'm so excited! Well sort of, lets see if I can keep up with the demands of guest reviewing and posting when I let my own blog go for so long! Hufff!

In the mean time, I must tell you of the latest books I have read and enjoyed!

So, the first book I recommend is  Yoko's Show and Tell by Rosemary Wells.

Yoko's Show-and-Tell    The latest Yoko book, it is the story is of the cute little kindergarten kitten, Yoko and a special antique doll sent to her by her Grandparents in Japan. Yoko wants to bring her doll for Show and Tell and talk about Girl's day in Japan. Her mother tells her 'No' ...  then stuff happens when Yoko decides to sneak her little doll to school against her mother's wishes. Uh oh! It is adorably illustrated, as are all of Ms. Wells' books, and the story is not only a cautionary tale, but one of unconditional love, and redemption! All this in a child's picture book!

A truly touching story that brought tears to my eyes, is the book 14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy. Published by Peachtree in 2009, this is the story about Maasai Tribal members in Kenya, who after they hear the story of the attacks in New York City on 9/11, present a herd of 14 sacred cows to help in America's healing... what a sweet sweet story! Sigh, it made my heart melt. There is a website also  http://www.14cowsforamerica.com/ 
The Maasai are truly our allies.

14 Cows for America

I love this book, you will too.

Mrroww for now!

~ Kiki C.